To truly illustrate how bad this year's staff was, let's take a quick look at the team's park-adjusted ERA+ stats. 100 is league average. Johan Santana scored a 161, for instance.
Relievers get gaudier numbers generally. Papelbon was a goddamned 500.
We had five pitchers on the staff that were league average or better, and Rleal and Hawkins were barely there, plus Rleal sucks and was lucky to do that well.
Bedard's 120 is nice. The AL's top five was Santana (161), Halladay (147), Sabathia (139), Mussina (125) and Verlander (124). Wang was at 120 and Zito was at 116. Kazmir was at 144 but didn't pitch enough innings to qualify for the league leaders. Same goes for Francisco Liriano (207) and Jered Weaver (171).
So, there's more evidence that we sucked this season. Compelling and inspiring, no?